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Complex, Not Complicated: A Look at a Woman's Character
Now more than ever, television is home to a range of increasingly complex female characters: ones that are bold, funny, fierce, sensitive, loyal, fragile, complicated, and kick ass (sometimes all in the same moment). Prepare to be awestruck as these powerhouse creatives and actors discuss the legacy of female characters before them, the necessity of women’s stories at this particular moment in pop culture, and why there’s no one way to write a “strong” woman.
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A Conversation with Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil
For nearly 20 years, producers, collaborators, and spouses Mara-Brock Akil and Salim Akil have brought their unique points of view to iconic series like Girlfriends, The Game, and Being Mary Jane, culminating in the creation of their own creative brand: Akil Productions. Now, join us for a one-on-one conversation with Mara and Salim as they discuss their partnership as writer/director (respectively), the creative voice and direction behind Akil Productions, and their new CW series DC Comics’ Black Lightning.
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Creating and Casting: Collaboration Built on Trust presented with CSA
The delicate relationship between the creator and the Casting Director is rarely explored. Often the first to be hired on a project, the Casting Director collaborates with the showrunner from the ground-up to begin fulfilling their vision. Together, they navigate creative preferences, negotiate with agents and managers, take on studio and network input, location casting, actor approvals, and much more. The stronger the relationship, the easier it is to maneuver through the challenges of the process. Join these pairs as we get an inside look at the intricacies of a relationship that hinges on trust and collaboration from one-time gigs to decades of work.
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A Deadly Adoption
A distanced couple decides to take in a seemingly innocent pregnant woman in hopes of adopting her unborn child. However, there is more to a book than its cover.
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The (Digital) Viewer’s Lament: I Cut the Cord… Why Should I Subscribe?
It’s no secret there is a plethora of quality and addictive TV shows that do not live on “traditional” television -- but in the age of cord-cutting, competing cable & streaming providers, and traditional audiences still learning to navigate their options, what draws a casual viewer or die-hard fan into the wild west that is digital content? Once there, how are they convinced your content is worth the “buy-in”? Creators and executives from digital platforms and production companies showcase the series all TV-lovers need to be watching, why they chose to sidestep the mainstream route, and the pros and cons of operating outside the box.
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Directors & Showrunners: A Collaboration
You've heard it before, "Film is a director's medium," clearly implying TV belongs to the writer. While that statement can easily be debated, it is undoubtedly true that the showrunner is at the helm, and an episodic director must follow his or her lead. As different directors tackle single episodes or an entire series, a strong relationship between these two entities is crucial in maintaining a cohesive and dynamic vision of the storytelling. Join these showrunner + director pairs, who have worked together across multiple episodes, as they discuss the challenges of collaborating across a season of stories, establishing trust, and what occurs when opinions collide.
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First Gigs & Big Breaks: A Look at Both Sides of Opportunity
Breaking into every industry requires a combination of timing, luck, talent, and relationships. For many TV writers, that "big break" is getting a showrunner to take a risk by inviting a newcomer into the writers room for the first time. This unique conversation between pairs of writers, one who took a chance and one who caught a break, explores the relationship from both sides of that first gig, what led to the hire, the ups and downs, and what the opportunity has done for both people involved.
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From Actor to 'Action!'
The transition from "in front of” to “behind” the camera is simultaneously a natural and complicated move. An actor’s primary focus is on a performance and character, while a director collaborates with a multitude of departments to craft the entire episode. Join some of your favorite TV faces as they discuss what drove them to take on this new role, the struggles (and perks) of creative collaborations, and how their perspectives and experiences as performers informed their new job.
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From SNICK to Splat: Where Kids are King
In the '90s, Nickelodeon broke unprecedented ground for children's entertainment with an innovative slate of sitcoms, game shows, and animated series. Unlike any other channel, kids could turn on the TV and see themselves in the center of it all. With NickSplat, home to the first generation of iconic Nickelodeon hits, we revisit summers spent at Bar None and Camp Anawanna, and the crazy adventures of Pete & Pete. Join the writers, creators, and cast members for an in-depth look at their experiences behind the scenes of these beloved shows.
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Ghosted
Starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, GHOSTED is a single-camera, action-comedy about the unlikely partnership between two down-on-their-luck polar opposites tasked with an even more unlikely mission: saving the human race from aliens.
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